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Ezra Pound has been called "the inventor of modern poetry in English."
The verse and criticism which he produced during the early years of the twentieth century very largely determined the directions of creative writing in our time; virtually every major poet in England and America today has acknowledged his help or influence. Pound's lyric genius, his superb technique, and his fresh insight into literary problems make him one of the small ...

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Overview

Ezra Pound has been called "the inventor of modern poetry in English."
The verse and criticism which he produced during the early years of the twentieth century very largely determined the directions of creative writing in our time; virtually every major poet in England and America today has acknowledged his help or influence. Pound's lyric genius, his superb technique, and his fresh insight into literary problems make him one of the small company of men who through the centuries have kept poetry alive—one of the great innovators.
This book offers a compact yet representative selection of Ezra Pound's poems and translations. The span covered is Pound's entire writing career, from his early lyrics and the translations of Provençal songs to his English version of Sophocles' Trachiniae. Included are parts of his best known works—the Chinese translations, the sequence called Hugh Selwyn Mauberly, the Homage to Sextus Propertius. The Cantos, Pound's major epic, are presented in generous selections, chosen to emphasize the main themes of the whole poem.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811201629
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/28/1957
  • Series: New Directions Paperbook
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 831,743
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

New Directions has been the primary publisher of Ezra Pound in the U.S. since the founding of the press when James Laughlin published New Directions in Prose and Poetry 1936. That year Pound was fifty-one. In Laughlin’s first letter to Pound, he wrote: “Expect, please, no fireworks. I am bourgeois-born
(Pittsburgh); have never missed a meal. . . . But full of ‘noble caring’ for something as inconceivable as the future of decent letters in the US.” Little did Pound know that into the twenty-first century the fireworks would keep exploding as readers continue to find his books relevant and meaningful.

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Table of Contents

Biography viii
A Ballad of the Mulberry Road 60
Alba 36
Alba from "Langue d'Oc" 42
Amities 33
Ancient Music 38
An Object 18
A Pact 27
Apparuit 22
April 29
Arides 33
A Song of the Degrees 31
A Virginal 23
Ballad of the Goodly Fere 9
"Blandula, Tenella, Vagula" 13
Brennbaum 66
Cantos 96
Cino 1
Coda 34
Coitus 36
Dance Figure 28
Difference of Opinion with Lygdamus 82
Envoi (1919) 70
Epitaphs 39
Erat Hora 14
Exile's Letter 56
From Homage to Sextus Propertius 78
Hugh Selwyn Mauberley 61
In a Station of the Metro 35
Ite 31
Lament of the Frontier Guard 55
Les Millwin 30
Mauberley (1920) 71
Medallion 77
Meditatio 34
Mr. Nixon 67
Na Audiart 3
Near Perigord 42
Of Jacopo del Sellaio 23
Pagani's, November 8 41
Planh for the Young English King 12
Poem by the Bridge at Ten-Shin 54
Portrait d'une Femme 16
Salutation 26
Salvationists 32
Sestina: Altaforte 7
"Siena mi fe'; disfecemi Maremma" 66
Song of the Bowmen of Shu 49
Taking Leave of a Friend 59
Tame Cat 37
Tenzone 24
"The Age Demanded" 73
The Beautiful Toilet 50
The Coming of War: Actaeon 35
The Encounter 36
The Garden 26
The Garret 25
The House of Splendour 14
The Jewel Stairs' Grievance 55
The Lake Isle 38
The Rest 29
The Return 24
The River-merchant's Wife: A Letter 52
The River Song 51
The Seafarer 18
The Spring 27
The Tea Shop 37
The Tomb of Akr Caar 15
The Tree 6
The White Stag 7
Villanelle: The Psychological Hour 39
Villonaud for this Yule 5
Women of Trachis 183
Yeux Glauques 65
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2007

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    I first read this text as an undergrad, just before I traveled to Italy to study with Pound's daughter and grandson. Twenty years later, with Ph.D. in hand, I acknowledge again the power of Pound's ideas and language. There is a reason why his poetry (and Eliot's) is still taught extensively in colleges in China, where I also lived and taught. It endures, it speaks, it transcends cultures and time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2006

    BLAH

    Um, no. His writings are verbose and unfortunatley never seem to end. His poetry has no depth whatsoever.

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